Community Counseling Clinic: Accessible for All
Accessible and affordable mental health services are always at a premium. The Community Counseling Clinic’s central location on campus and low-cost services offer the UNO and Omaha community an additional option for quality mental health care while providing critical training for the next generation of professional counselors in Nebraska.
The clinic provides services for a range of problems associated with daily living, including but not limited to problems and issues related to interpersonal and family relationships, work/career concerns, adjustment issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Students provide clients with caring, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based counseling services with a specific focus on wellness and prevention.
UNO’s Counseling Department is the only graduate level counseling department in Nebraska that offers both nationally accredited School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. This accreditation is from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, the accrediting body of the American Counseling Association, and highlights the departmental and university-wide dedication to rigorous academic and professional training for school and clinical mental health counselors.
Under the supervision of counseling faculty, students manage a balanced client caseload consistent with many community-based mental health organizations. This provides students with the opportunity to experience the professional and personal insights of experienced counseling faculty and staff as they begin to develop their own counseling style. At the clinic, students are exposed to a diverse clientele and are responsible for a caseload of up to eight clients. Students provide the full range of counseling services from intake through client discharge. These activities may include, but are not limited to: clinical interviews, scheduling, individual counseling, crisis counseling, diagnosis and treatment planning, documentation, and counseling couples and families.
In a typical semester, six advanced level counseling students provide a minimum of 40 hours of direct client services. Consequently, the Community Counseling Clinic provides at least 240 hours of direct counseling services to UNO students and members of the Omaha community each semester.
"The Community Counseling Clinic meets this considerable need in the Omaha community, providing services at a fraction of the cost, offering UNO students and Omaha residents quality and affordable services that in many cases would not be financially feasible."
Without insurance, out-of-pocket expenses for the services of a licensed professional counselor or allied mental health provider are often out of reach for those in need of mental health services. The Community Counseling Clinic meets this considerable need in the Omaha community, providing services at a fraction of the cost, offering UNO students and Omaha residents quality and affordable services that in many cases would not be financially feasible.
Housed in Roskens Hall, the Community Counseling Clinic features state-of-the-art facilities for providing quality professional counselor training and mental health services for individuals, couples, and families in the metro area. Seven confidential individual counseling rooms flank a comfortable waiting area. In addition, the clinic houses space for group and family counseling sessions, a seminar room, and office space for completing and securing confidential client documents.
The Community Counseling Clinic provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice using the clinic’s modern training facilities throughout their program. Examples include practice counseling sessions that address basic counseling skills and clinical interviewing to crisis counseling scenarios. Future goals of the clinic include the addition of a designated child and adolescent counseling room, complete with play therapy equipment. In doing so, counseling students are able to utilize play to help children process and resolve difficult emotional and psychological situations.
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